What to Expect
Once you have decided to participate in the clinic, you will be contacted by one of our team members asking you to fill out a series of questionnaires. These questionnaires will tell us about your child's strengths and areas of improvements. Please be prepared to answer questions about developmental milestones, medical history, school difficulties, speech difficulties, making friends, etc. You will also be asked to take pictures of your child's face. These will help the team rule out anything, like a genetic condition, that could be a better explanation for your child's symptoms. They will also help the team screen for full fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). You will email these completed questionnaires to the team member and then you will be sent a link to our appointment calendar.
When you arrive on the day of the clinic, please bring any previous evaluations or additional information you believe might be relevant and contact information for all of the recipients of the report from our evaluation (i.e., doctors, school personnel, etc.). No detail is too small, and we appreciate all of them. If you are questioning whether or not it is essential, bring it anyways! We will start by making introductions (at any time, there will be professionals and trainees from a variety of different disciplines) and a discussion of what to expect. We will then ask a series of interview questions about your child's symptoms. You can tell your child that this will be like a long conversation. The evaluation will last around an hour and a half.
Once all assessments are finished, and questions have been asked, then the team may ask you to leave while we discuss our findings as a group. If you are joining us virtually, we may ask you to sign off so we can discuss. This helps us talk through concerns, recommendations, and next steps. This is also when a potential diagnosis will be discussed or the need for additional testing or referrals. Once we have come to an appropriate conclusion, we will invite you back in to the room or the online meeting and discuss our findings and recommendations for next steps, as well as answer any questions that you have for us. We will put recommendations in writing for you, but you can also expect a more comprehensive, written report to follow in 2-3 weeks.